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Wooden Spectacles

August 27th, 2014

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Really sunny days call for fun shades, and these wooden sunglasses by Woodzee are the best looking pair I’ve had in awhile! They fit my eyes quite well, I’d say, but I think the Wayfarer glasses would look good on just about anyone! They are made from pear wood and can be worn by both gals and guys. The texture that the wood brings to this otherwise plastic pair of retro Wayfarers makes them so unique. The company seems very professional, environmentally conscious, and hip!

The packaging was so cool, too. Everything in the box was coordinated to fit the wooden theme. See below! It even had a complimentary wooden toothbrush and some sticker swag! You know, it makes me shed a tiny but sincere tear when I see how much effort and creativity gets put in packaging that we all know gets thrown away anyway. Like how many of us just resort to paying a few bucks for gift bags instead of wrapping presents ourselves with neat little folds and a bow. It’s also kinda like how much effort was put into clothing back in the day, both men’s and women’s. It’s a lost art.

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I just love organically designed products or items with an organic feel. That liking could be attributed to my practice of yoga, for sure :)

I’m sorry that you had to see our doggy’s behind TWICE in these photos, but I’m not sorry that you got to see her in general!

What is your favorite pair of sunglasses?

Wearing: necklace, shoes, and fake collar are all from eBay. The dress is from Grayson.


I had the pleasure of modelling alongside the beautiful Baltimore based model Kelly Borowiak while at the second Boulevard of Chic fashion show. She definitely stood out, standing at 5’9″ with the proportions of a tried and true fashion model. While there, Kelly and I were able to chat for a bit in between wardrobe changes. I expressed how models used to be just like walking mannequins before the Internet started. The majority of people didn’t really know models’ names unless they were globally or nationally renowned.

With the social media there is now, you can get pretty up close and personal with just about anyone who chooses to show their off stage lives with the public. With the instant fame that comes with social media platforms like Instagram, more individuals are being recognized now that would’ve probably never gotten a chance decades ago. I myself and many other bloggers benefit from this too, and I am really grateful for the WWW for this. However, Pandora’s box comes with the dark side as well. During our conversation, Kelly expressed dealing with privacy being both a model and a mom. We also talked about other lighthearted things like her personal style vs artists’ style.

This article on Kelly might not be that compelling to some of you who are scouting the whole web for shocking anecdotes on famous models! However, our quick conversation was simple but meaningful. We get to have a glimpse of what goes on in a local model’s mind on certain issues! They are more than just pretty figures hidden behind the shadows of designers after all… :)


How long have you been modelling? When did you start? What/how was your first experience?

I have been modeling about 3 years. A girl I went to high school with is a model and I reached out to a photographer that she had worked with to set up a shoot. His name is James Berglie of BePhotography. He was so nice in helping me prepare for the shoot and made me very comfortable during the shoot. Those photos are still some of my favorites! One was actually displayed in Times Square for a contest I had entered for American Eagle. He even wrote about our shoot on his blog. It was all very exciting!

Who have you modeled for that you are very proud of or you’d consider to be the best honor? It could be one, just a few, or a whole list!

Probably walking for Adrian Alicea during fashion week in NY this past winter was the best honor. It was the most amazing experience which I almost didn’t get to because of the snow storm we had, but I was determined to walk in that show. It is something I will never forget. Another would be working with Aswad Abasi. He is a designer out of DC. Work I have done with him has gotten me 2 publications. It is like a family working with his team. Lastly would be working with local Baltimore photographer Robert Mercer Jr. He has put out a male calendar the past few years and 2014 was the first female calendar he put out, which I was so excited to be a part of. We are amping up for the 2015 calendar and I hoping to be in it again this year.

For a lot of women, we find that modelling can often times be a bit sexist and exploitative where it stops being about the clothes and just about displaying women’s bodies. What do you think about this? Are you selective on what or who you model for?

I don’t think I would say modeling is sexist. For me I am looking at the fashion not necessarily the person wearing it. I believe most people that are really into fashion are focused on just that. But you do have models known for their bodies. Perfect example is Gisele Bundchen, she is known as “the body”, but her body is what brought her fame modeling for Victoria Secret. I think it really depends on what type of modeling you are interested in. Some aspects are definitely more focused on the model than the fashion. I am selective about what types of modeling I do and what I wear. I am a mom and going to be a teacher so it is important for me to keep a positive image. Although friends I have made in this industry have taken absolutely beautiful art nude photos that truly are pure art, that is something I am not comfortable with and fear the possible repercussions it may cause in the future. My rule is no nudity or lingerie.


I know you’ve mentioned that you had a son. Does your son and/or significant other ever come out on your shows? Why or why not?

I have a daughter and she has been to one of my shows. It is hard for her to come because most shows go so late into the evening. She thinks it is cool that I model! My fiancé has yet to come see me at a show. He really doesn’t understand the whole fashion thing and runway is definitely more abstract fashion. Although he doesn’t really understand fashion he is supportive of me doing it. We are both very supportive of each other’s individual ventures.

I know we briefly talked about privacy issues with your being a model during Boulevard of Chic 2, like how you try to keep your personal Facebook account private and your fan page accessible to the public, etc. Can you explain more about what we talked about and how privacy issues affect you, personally or professionally?

It is very difficult to keep parts of my life private, especially on social media, and social media is key to networking in this business. My family life and my daughter especially is not everyone’s business, especially people I have just begun networking with. I may be able to get more “followers” if everything isn’t locked down, but I would rather be more cautious when it comes to my family; they are my number one priority.

What do you do to keep things separate?

On my personal FB page, almost all people I have met in this business I have listed as acquaintances so I can post things so all my “friends except acquaintances” can see my post. My Instagram account is completely public so I try to only post things about my modeling there. I mainly try to protect my daughter on Instagram and don’t post anything with her on there.

Any weird/creepy anecdotes relating to privacy, stalkers or fans stepping out of bounds?

I have had some “fans” or social media followers step over the line. I honestly don’t pay much attention to comments like that. I blow right over them. I pay more attention to compliments from other industry professionals who leave a professional comment and my family. Sorry, but leaving me some out of line comment is not going to grab my attention, it will be ignored.

At BOC, we also talked about how you felt being dressed up in whatever, regardless of what you think about the clothing—it’s all in the artists’ vision and you are their canvass. This time, it’s time for YOU to describe your personal style. What do you often wear, what you like to wear, how you personally choose your clothes, and what styles catch your eye the most?

I feel like I wear so many different hats I guess is the best way to put it. I work in an office where the dress is business casual, a model and a mom all of which require different styles and looks. I try to go for things that are versatile. Something I can dress up or down depending on where I am and what I am doing. I need to be comfortable! In my opinion if you aren’t comfortable in what you have on you will never pull off the look. Comfort gives you confidence. Most of the time I like to wear something along the lines of a loose fit off the shoulder tee and some jeans. Throw on a pair of heels and I am ready for a night out or put on some flats and I can run around on the playground. For work cardigans are my biggest staple and usually just a pair of dress pants or a pencil skirt. I love statement necklaces and scarves to help add color. When I am looking at new fashions for the season I look for, again, things that are going to be versatile. I also look for more classic looks. I usually don’t go for things that are too abstract or edgy. I have more of a girl next door kind of look which is what I look bests in on a regular basis. I like to pull out a couple small things I can buy to mix with what I have to keep my look current without buying a whole lot of new things.

Thank you so much for interviewing me!


You can check out Kelly’s social media accounts here: Facebook | Instagram | Model Mayhem



A Sucker for Socks

August 19th, 2014

Below are just a few examples of my past outfits proving how I’m a sucker for socks, leg warmers, and tights. Fall is fast approaching, and I just CAN’T WAIT to sport some new looks with my favorite fall accessory. Sadly, I’ve been so “practical” with my clothing this year (being a fitness instructor-hippie) that I’ve barely worn layers or accessories. I am barefoot almost every single day, I kid you not!  How I miss just putting together fun and offbeat outfits for the sake of artsy pursuits! <3 P.S. Clicking on each photo takes you to the original post.


Did you know that if you wanted to get pairs of unique (and inexpensive) hosiery that you probably won’t see anyone wear but still look cool, you could always check out the Halloween or costume aisle? I’m not just talking about your fishnets or hot pink leggings. Check the socks out below for some ideas. They are meant to be worn with sexy Halloween costumes for women (egghhh), but with a bit of creative effort, you could incorporate these into your decent everyday leg wear.



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If you’re not feeling to adventurous, there are solid colored knee high socks you can buy. I love my red, white, yellow, and black knee highs the most. I find that thigh highs on the other hand does not suit my bottom heavy figure and would require very short skirts. Also, that gap of skin in between the sock and your leg could make you look so much shorter than you are. My go to is either full leg wear, bobby socks, or knee highs. Check out below for some fall/winter high fashion runway looks from the recent past with conservative or modest knee highs:


Do you like to wear socks? How do you like wearing them?



boulevard of chic 2 ii baltimore maryland rash field inner harbor -8-9-14 Yesterday was Boulevard of Chic part 2 held at the Rash Field of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. What is Boulevard of Chic? It is Maryland’s first ever fashion truck event where fashion enthusiasts (bloggers, models, shoppers, vendors) come together to interact for one whole day. You can read my post about the first Boulevard of Chic last April.

This time around however, I got to be one of their blogger-models! Yay. Let me tell ya, 5’5″ in fashion industry is SHORT! I got to meet really nice girls from friends of coordinators to bloggers to professional models. I also got to wear clothes that I wouldn’t have picked out for myself (it was a challenge going out of my style) and got my hair and makeup done by professionals. I added the winged eyeliner though, because I felt naked without it! Thank you Adriana Misoul and Angelberry Organics for the rest of my makeup though and for Laura Inskeep of FX Studio for my braided bun!

The sun was beating down on us, but my pretty braids stayed on just fine! This may be the first time that I  recall modelling without picking my own clothes, hair, and makeup. I know that’s usually the case of course, but I’m a fashion blogger for a reason and not a model! :)

Don’t be afraid to say “HI!” if you were at the event! I’d love to meet you if I didn’t get a chance!


With Kira of Knock Out Fitness and Sami before changing out of our regular clothes

Right outside our tent with Diana of Coco and Glitter

At work at the hair and makeup tent

Pretty little plates and delicious catered food from Baltimore’s Dish & Design

Disclaimer: Although I appreciate that you like my photos from the event, please remember to give me credit when using any of these photos. I’ve had many instances of people just taking the numerous photos I took of the first BOC and this BOC event without linking back. Please be professional, and do not steal.


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I am wearing a graphic tee from Monkey: Journey to the West, an awesome operatic play composed by Damon Albarn (of Blur and Gorillaz) that we got to see in New York around this time a year ago! My husband actually bought it for himself, but it just got a tad small on him (he is beefing up, I suppose!)… so I get to wear it! Yesss.

I don’t really wear graphic tees much like I used to when I was in middle or high school. When I wear it now, I like it to say something accurate about me or what I like. I used to just put something on that looked kinda cute or cool without really thinking about what the graphic or words on my shirt say. I remember back in middle school I had this bubble gum pink jersey with glitter that said “Tiki Beach. Clothing optional.” I mean, what was I thinking? I was a Spice Girl.


Debbie Harry from Blondie

Graduating from lameness, I decided that I was going to be more intentional about graphic tees. I’d wear images of my favorite bands, albums, philosophical ideals, conspiracy theories, etc. Of course, I also thought about being mentally apt about being approached and questioned more than usual about the messages literally being communicated through my clothing. Would I be prepared? It’s definitely happened before at a grocery store when a gentleman approached me about my Beatles shirt, which is the most typical graphic tee of the most celebrated band. That was too easy. I generally stay away from the obvious, just because I am a soul always looking for something unusual in common with people! That is why Rob and I click :)

Billy Corgan from Smashing Pumpkins

PET PEEVE. I’ve been seeing a lot of girls wear iconic rock bands on their t-shirts, have you? I don’t like to judge, but I know I’d be so ticked if they didn’t know much about the band. There are other sacred or sinister symbols that are so misunderstood that a lot of people like to wear fashionably–the cross, the masons, the evil eye, illuminati, etc. I would wear any of these symbols only if I was prepared to say anything other than, “I don’t know. It looks cool.”

Vocal  graphic tees on anyone though can be just as annoying as bumper stickers plastered all over an insecure car. Can your entire personality be summed up on to the space on your chest or the butt of you car? Probably not. That is probably why a lot of us misunderstood individuals like titles of our own choosing, because it’s nice to belong, to associate sometimes. However, these things always fail to summarize the complexity of any individual, and I am usually still left misunderstood :-/

It cracks me up that I used to own shirts with Japanese Engrish on them. It was charming at first, until I realized that I could easily be mistaken as someone who can’t speak English just because I am Asian!

Do you like wearing graphic tees? What kind of graphic do you tend to pick?



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What girl doesn’t like shoes? Before the summer ends, you could win a free pair of shoes from CityPisces this month! Above are just a few of my favorites from CityPisces’ website. They have one of the most affordable prices online for really cute shoes—so if you don’t win, you could always get yourself a pair for super cheap! ;-)

If you win, you score yourself SHOES OF YOUR CHOICE from the list below. I got myself some hip taupe wedge sneakers from their Machi brand in a recent outfit post.



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 WINNER IS Kayla Britt. Congrats!!!

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I had fun styling this 3 in 1 dress made by La Voici. I must say, it is incredibly WELL MADE. I feel like thousands of dollars in the craftsmanship put into this French quality dress. The materials used are sturdy and built to last. Most of all, La Voici’s selections are a dream for the layering addict.

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Above and below, you’ll see me wearing the three pieces (lace long sleeved shirt, the sleeveless crop tank, and the red circle skirt). The timeless look can be worn with something more formal or casual like how I styled it here. a la modest dress circle skirt lace vintage cute asian fashion blogger

Below, I switched to high waist jeans instead of the skirt. You’ll want to wear something high waist if you don’t want to show the skin between the crop tank and your bottom ;-) a la modest dress circle skirt lace vintage cute fashion blogger

In the photo below, I am wearing the same skirt but without the lace overlay for warmer days! a la modest dress circle skirt lace vintage cute fashion blogger

For something more hip and laid back, just the crop top with some good ole’ high waist jeans!

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I leave you with a video of Raveonette’s She Owns the Streets, because I just can’t help but dance in these clothes! Warning: Undies in the beginning :P

The music, the scene, and your mood can all affect how you get lost in music, but are there certain clothes that put you in the mood for dancing as well?

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